College Football Betting Trends- Week 7 Matchups
The view from the top of the latest AP college football poll remains unchanged with Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford all holding on to their current spot in the top five. I would not expect a great deal of change throughout the top 10 after this Saturday’s round of games, but a few teams holding down one of those spots will certainly be tested.
The first game to keep an eye on is a SEC East Division clash between No. 25 Missouri and No. 7 Georgia. The Tigers broke into the Top 25 with a 51-28 rout of Vanderbilt as 2.5-point road favorites to improve to 5-0 straight-up and a profitable 4-0-1 against the spread. The Bulldogs are now 4-1 SU and 1-3-1 ATS after a tight 34-31 victory over Tennessee as 13.5-point road favorites. Georgia played that game without running back Todd Gurley, who leads the team with 450 yards rushing on 71 carries. He is listed as questionable for this Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. The Bulldogs have been opened by 5Dimes as nine-point home favorites, but they will also be without running back Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who were both lost for the season due to injuries.
The next big game on the schedule is another SEC tilt between the No. 17 Florida Gators and the No. 10 LSU Tigers. The Gators have been opened as seven-point road underdogs for this Saturday’s contest after rolling over Arkansas 30-10 last Saturday as 12.5-point home favorites. Florida is now 4-1 SU (2-3 ATS) with the only loss being a 21-16 setback to No. 13 Miami (FL) as a three-point road favorite on Sept. 7. The Tigers bounced back from a 44-41 loss to Georgia in Week 5 as three-point road underdogs with a convincing 59-26 pasting of Mississippi State this past Saturday as seven-point road favorites. LSU is now 5-1 SU on the year and 3-2-1 ATS.
The only other showdown between ranked teams on Week 7’s schedule is a Pac-12 North Division battle between No. 2 Oregon and No. 16 Washington. The Ducks crushed Colorado last Saturday 57-16 as 38-point road favorites to improve to 5-0 on the year both SU and ATS. They have won their first five games by an average margin of victory of 47.7 points. They will head into Husky Stadium this Saturday afternoon as 14-point road favorites. Washington is coming off a heart breaking 31-28 loss to No. 5 Stanford last Saturday as a nine-point road underdog. It is now 4-1 both SU and ATS on the year.
A few other matchups involving top 10 teams starts off with Rutgers on the road against No. 8 Louisville as a 17-point underdog in a Thursday night clash in the AAC. The No. 3 Clemson Tigers will play host to Boston College as 24.5-point favorites in this late Saturday afternoon ACC matchup. Saturday night in a 6 p.m. start, Stanford will be back in action as an 8.5-point road favorite against Utah. The Utes are coming off a tough loss of their own after falling to No. 11 UCLA 34-27 last Saturday as five-point underdogs at home. No. 9 Texas A&M will be on the road against Mississippi in an 8:30 p.m. start at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The 4-1 Aggies have been opened as seven-point road favorites.